Nearly a quarter of the US population made home improvements in the last year but only 7% of them enlisted the help of a professional. One of the main reasons why is because of the wealth of information and advice available online – a video search on Google shows about 9,900,000 results for term “home improvement DIY.”
“DIYers spend more than 60 hours per week on TV and digital devices, including computers and smartphones,” Peter Katsingris, senior vice president of insights at Nielsen told attendees at the 2018 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Insights Conference. “The technology and the choices it provides make DIY a realistic option for people.”
But what if you’re not like the average DIYer and want to take your home improvement projects to the next level? Here are 3 tips.
1) Go big or go home
The closest most DIYers get to real construction work is putting flat pack furniture together. But you’d be surprised at just how easy it is to assemble and erect an entire building.
For example, metal garage kits from SteelMaster are designed with DIYers in mind. In fact, people of all ages and abilities can put one together. Best of all, they’re the perfect solution for all manner of applications, from home offices and workshops to multi-car garages.
2) Invest in a few advanced tools
Having the right tools for the job can be the difference between average and advanced DIY. Then again, you also need the knowledge and skills to use them properly.
If you’re serious about stepping up your DIY skills, think about investing time and money into the following tools:
- Table saw – No matter whether you’re making your own cabinet or cutting plywood wall panels, a table saw will definitely come in handy. Portable models, often referred to as a contractor’s saw, are also available.
- Nail gun – Electric and battery powered nail guns are great for tacking up paneling or laying a deck. For larger projects, an air powered nail gun may be a better choice. They’re usually cheaper and lighter too.
- Air compressor – This is an extremely versatile tool that you’ll be reaching for time and time again. Use it to power other tools such as paint sprayers and impact wrenches along with inflating tyres and blowing dust away.
3) Learn a few ingenious hacks to save time and money
If you don’t have the space for a big construction project or the money for some advanced tools, you can still level-up your DIY acumen by learning a few ingenious hacks:
- Ironing board creeper – Don’t crawl around the cold, hard floor when fixing your car or working under the sink; create your very own creeper by laying down on an ironing board.
- Plastic bottle funnel – Once you’ve finished drinking out of a plastic bottle, cut it in half and turn it upside down. Voila, your very own funnel.
- Paperclip tape finder – Tired of trying to find the start of a tape roll every time? Stick a paper clip to the end right after you tear off a piece.